Poke Czech’s NHL 12 Simulation for First Round Series Against Boston

We simulated the first round series between Boston and Washington. Here’s what we came up with:

Scenario 1:

-Neuvirth in net.

-Caps win the first 3 games.

-Lose the 4th game.

-Win the 5th game in OT thanks to a goal from Nicklas Backstrom.

-Ovechkin has 6 goals in the series.

-Johansson has 6 assists.

-Laich has 2 goals.

-Neuvirth finishes the series with a 2.16 GAA and a .908 save %.

Scenario 2:

-Holtby in net.

-Caps get off to a great start — two shutouts in a row to start the series.

-Caps win the 3rd game – 4-2.

-Then the Caps blow the 3-0 series lead.

-Then they lose in Game 7 – 4-1.

-Holtby has a 2.57 GAA and a .915 save %. However, he gives up 4+ goals in at least 3 games.

-Semin steps up and has 4 goals.

-Ovechkin has 1.

-Laich has 3.

-Bruins re-injure Mike Green.



What to Take From This:

-Considering Holtby is underrated on NHL 12, it’s a toss up of who could win that series if it goes to a Game 7 (Scenario 2).

-The Caps’ success depends on Ovechkin scoring. If he scores a lot, theres a high chance we win the series.

-Semin stepping up and scoring could be huge as well. We need Good Sasha.

-We also need Laich to stay consistent and have 2 or 3 goals in the series.

-NHL 12 thinks Braden Holtby will choke under the pressure if he’s playing — and well, we can’t really disprove that yet, considering he hasn’t really played any playoff series.

-Johansson and Backstrom both need to be dominant forces making plays.


"I might play. I think. I don't know. It's not up to me."

“I’m ready to make Thomas look like a clown,” says Holtby, ” I’m the best fucking goalie on this roster.” Don’t get ahead of yourself, Holts.

See you at the STD Garden on Thursday. Preview for Game 1 to come.


-Poke Czech

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